Saturday, May 9, 2015

Casual and Comforting: Farfalle Pasta with Arugula

My boys consider meals that do not include a chunk of meat a snack.  Since our teenager appears to be eating less meals with us these days, I am beginning to shift the focus to easy to prepare "empty nesters" meals.  It won't be too much longer, and it will be just my husband and myself at home. Gone will be the days of trying to find meals to pack in the most carbs, protein and calories into my very active teenage son.  His parents surely do not have a physical need for such food combinations. The attention is shifting to lighter, plant based meal options (eye roll from husband at the mere sound of "plant based").

This easy to prepare pasta dish focuses on flavor packed ingredients such as sun dried tomatoes, arugula, and kalamata olives. Walnuts and beans are added for a good source of healthy proteins, and  the dish finishes off with a generous grating of sharp Asiago cheese.

If you are looking for a good "go to" satisfying casual meal then add this recipe to your file.



Farfalle Pasta with Arugula
Serves 6
Recipe from New Leaf Market

Ingredients:
12-ounces farfalle (bowtie) pasta
4 tablespoons butter, divided
4 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
5-ounces arugula
1/4 cup pitted, chopped kalamata olives
1 cup canned great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 lemon, zest and juice
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 ounces Asiago cheese, shredded

Directions:
Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles until al dente, about 8 minutes.  Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large pot.  Sauté the garlic for 1 minute and add the cooked pasta, sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.  Add arugula and wilt for a few minutes, then add the olives, beans, lemon zest and juice and the remaining butter and stir well.  Remove from heat and season with salt and black pepper.  Stir in Asiago cheese and serve.

Enjoy!

23 comments:

Michelle said...

An excellent summertime recipe!

Angie Schneider said...

My kind of everyday meal! YUM!

ramblingtart said...

My husband does eye-rolls at plant based notions too. :-) This dish sounds great - such a good lunch.

Nammi said...

wow, this looks very healthy and light, and agree with the husband rolling his eyes, I think its a male thing. Mine freaks out if he sees a meal completely plant based lol

Nammi said...

wow, this looks very healthy and light, and agree with the husband rolling his eyes, I think its a male thing. Mine freaks out if he sees a meal completely plant based lol

Alfreda James said...

It is YUMMO!

Big Dude said...

Good looking dish Velva and Bev feels about the same about a meatless meal.

Michelle said...

Yum!
By the way - my teenage daughter is no different when it comes to meat! We call her Cavegirl. ;)

Kim said...

My husband feels the same about a meatless meal. I keep trying though:) To me, this pasta dish is the perfect lunch. I could eat it hot or cold and love every single bite!

Jasline @ Foodie Baker said...

My husband can't stand a meal without meat too. Luckily he's not around for lunch so I can make this all for myself, looks delicious!

Bill said...

I LOVE this dish, Velva! Some of my favorite things all put together. As Asiago cheese is one of my favorites? Great post. BTW, what are you going to do with all your time when you're an empty nester?

Rebecca Subbiah said...

love simple pasta dishes and it must be an adjustment when the kids leave

That Girl said...

My boys would definitely consider this a meal. And they'd gobble it up.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

There are so many wonderful flavors packed in this delightful pasta dish, Velva! I know I will love it. Our food habits have changed quite a bit since our girls lived at home!

Neela Manogar said...

thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

Cathleen said...

Yum! I am all about pasta recipes :)

Sneha said...

An excellent summertime recipe.... :)

Tina Smith said...

Looks amazing!

Joanne said...

Fresh pasta dishes like this are my favorite part of spring/summer eating! So lovely.

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, I love this dish. It is perfect for summer and delicious. xo Catherine

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Sounds like a wonderful summer pasta salad!!
I LOVE summer cold salads!!

Chris said...

I think the dictionary people really messed up when they didn't take the opportunity to spell it as AAAAROOOOOgula just for fun ;) Great summer dish as a main or a side.

Roz Corieri Paige said...

This is a perfect meal for me! I don't need that much meat anymore and am so glad for it! Great recipe for my files; pinning too Velva!

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